'Bomb Texas' The psychological roots of anti-Americanism

johnhall johnhall@isomedia.com
Mon, 13 Jan 2003 18:35:01 -0800

I have _seen_ opposition to the war that is not anti-American.  I got
one from the Cato folks yesterday in fact.

However, the vast majority of the anti-war opposition is in fact
anti-American.  It isn't repulsive to point that out.  Even The New
Republic, a reliable magazine of the left, has pointed that out.

It is so obvious that the 'far right' doesn't have to 'try to paint' the
opposition in that way.  Mostly they just point, quote, and sigh.

> From: On Behalf Of Gordon Mohr
> Sent: Monday, January 13, 2003 5:55 PM
> Lucas Gonze writes:
> > It is repulsive that the far right is trying to paint the opposition
> > anti-American.
> Sure, one can oppose the movement toward war with Iraq without
> being anti-American.
> But aren't there also a lot of people who do have strongly
> anti-American feelings in the war opposition?
> People who think America is a greater evil than the totalitarian
> states that brutally oppress their own people and export violence
> and weapons, in the hope of someday oppressing ever-more people?
> People who would like to see American political and economic
> interests thwarted, as a sort of come-uppance for whatever evils
> they feel America has perpetrated in the past?
> That's anti-Americanism, and it plenty of it exists (or at least
> is very vocal) among the opposition to military action.
> Sure, it's a logical fallacy to extrapolate that attitude to
> all war opposition. But it's hardly unfair to point it out where
> it exists, and call it by its plain name.
> - Gordon